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Adobe: we are not 'giving away' free CS2 suite to public

updated 09:13 pm EST, Mon January 7, 2013

Download intended only for existing license holders

A variety of tech sites claimed earlier today that Adobe had released a free version of the outdated (but still functional on many Macs and PCs) full CS2 suite of software, however the company has posted on its forums that the version is intended (and legal) only for those who already have a license. Adobe is deactivating the verification server that allowed CS2 software to function, and is providing a version that doesn't require activation to those who need it.

This hasn't stopped various tech websites from promoting the downloads as a free release, despite Adobe's statement to the contrary. The CS2 software, which can run on some models of Mac and PC, is now four versions out of date but is still functional for some users.

The notification of the availability of the older software is here, and the notice from Adobe that it is intended only for already-licensed users is here. The download server has been periodically taken offline as the story spread and traffic dramatically increased.

The Mac version is for PowerPC machines only, meaning it will only run on machines using 10.6 or earlier with Rosetta deployed. The software only runs natively on machines running 10.3.8 or older versions of OS X. The Windows version, intended for Windows 2000 and XP, allegedly runs on most recent PCs.

In response to the unexpected pirating, the company will now verify that users have existing CS2 licenses when downloaders attempt to create an Adobe account to download the software. However, pirated versions of the activation-less versions will likely have gone viral in the interim.



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  1. vasic

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    Well, since the events have transpired the way they did, Adobe might want to think about how to deal with the situation again. It just might be better for business to just go with it and declare CS2 free for everyone. As it is four versions behind, they would likely be losing very little money on the free version (to those who would have otherwise been compelled to buy the most recent version, or a specific product from the suite, such as Photoshop, or Dreamweaver). Feature-wise, CS2 is noticeably behind CS6, and it just might be the platform to generate new users, who would eventually graduate to the current, paid version.

    There are three kind of users out there: professionals, who always buy new applications when the budget allows them; those who just don't have that kind of money for that kind of application, and will never buy it, but would use the free version; and those who never used the application, so they can't justify the expense for a new unfamiliar tool, but would be able, under certain circumstances, convince themselves to purchase the tool if they knew how to use it. This last group can be brought in by offering a fully-functional free suite that is several versions behind.

    Now that cat is out of the bag, they may as well turn this to their advantage.

  1. pottymouth

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    Joined: 11-19-03

    Originally Posted by NewsPosterView Post

    ...The CS2 software, which can run on some models of Mac and PC, is now four versions out of date but is still functional for some users...



    It's actually 5 versions out of date. 5.5 was a pay-for upgrade.

  1. pottymouth

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    Joined: 11-19-03

    Originally Posted by vasicView Post

    There are three kind of users out there: professionals, who always buy new applications when the budget allows them; those who just don't have that kind of money for that kind of application, and will never buy it, but would use the free version; and those who never used the application, so they can't justify the expense for a new unfamiliar tool, but would be able, under certain circumstances, convince themselves to purchase the tool if they knew how to use it. This last group can be brought in by offering a fully-functional free suite that is several versions behind.



    Speaking of unserved markets...

    I'm in a 4th group: Those that work with a wide range of clients using a wide range of software. I need to own every single version that my clients might use, but how many licenses? I might need just one license for one job, but a dozen more for the next job. My clients were exclusively using CS3 and CS5 for so long, when I eventually got a couple CS4 and CS5.5 jobs dropped on me I had to buy that software from 3rd party vendors, and sometimes that shit ain't easy to find! Disk images, cracks, and pirated serial numbers are everywhere, but that just doesn't fly. I had no problem finding old disks that I was able to install as demos, and I was fully willing to pay multiple thousands of dollars for a half dozen strings of 24 digits, but did they want my money? Apparently not. I talked to several people at different levels at Adobe and they all seemed shocked (and even insulted) that anybody might have any reason to purchase anything but the newest and shiniest, untested, and widely unused version on the shelves. :hmm:

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